Grateful Dead Live at Red Rocks Ampitheater on 1979-08-12
d1t01 Promised // Land
d1t03 Mama Tried>
d1t04 Mexicali Blues
d1t05 Peggy O
d1t06 Lazy Lightning>
d1t08 Brown Eyed// Women
d2t01 China Cat Sunflower>
d2t02 I Know You Rider
d2t03 Lost Sailor
d2t04 Don't Ease Me In
d2t05 Estimated Prophet>
d2t06 Eyes of the World>
d2t07fade (fade out) >
d3t01fade (fade in) >
d3t03 Black Peter>
d3t04 A & A
d3t05 //US Blues
Collection GratefulDeadBand/Artist Grateful DeadVenue Red Rocks AmpitheaterLocation Morrison, COSource Master Soundboard Cassette > Reel to Reel > PCM > CDRTransferred by Scott Clugston and Bill Tetzeli
Silence between end of CD 2 and beginning of CD 3 was eliminated for seamless transition between the two. Resulting SBEs were cleaned up with shntool. SHN files were converted to FLAC and overlapping fade tracks were added to the end of CD 2 and beginning of CD 3 for those wishing to burn to CD. Simply remove the fade tracks for seamless playback. Thanks to Scott Clugston for keeping all the music intact, allowing this fix to be made.
October 24, 2012
Beloved venue & pitch issue
The First Set winner is a very uptempo Brown Eyed. The SBD has a cut that I filled with the AUD. Althea is only the 3rd one and they bail - no solo. Passenger used to be good; this was around the time they couldn't get it back, eventually dropping it.
The Second Set's a little rough until partway though Rider. I love an appearance of Lost Sailor but this one's not memorable. Estimated is great (it was used on the So Many Roads box). It's 13 minutes of very 79-style, with a long middle groove, and then into an equally nice Eyes, which may be the most uptempo ever? Even after pitch correction it's a roadrunner. The only thing keeping it from A+ territory is that Bobby's flat. A decent enough NFA has a unique stop-start jam. Around improves in the second half. The stumbly encore is cut on the SBD.
Red Rocks was the most beloved venue to many heads and was an absolute blast (for Dead shows anyway) but overall this is on the bottom tier of the 20 shows there (it ain't 8/12/87, 7/27/82, 7/7/78, 7/8/78, 9/7/83 or 9/6/85), albeit bottom tier at Red Rocks is still an average show. Not that there's no highlights, it's just quite uneven. Brent sounds more comfortable than the Oakland shows the week before.
1st Set: C+
2nd Set: C
Overall: 3 Stars
Brown-Eyed (best of '79)
Eyes (for uptempo fans)
Sources: This SBD runs a full halftone too fast, making Bobby sound like Minnie Mouse. The AUDs are the current better choice (unless you run pitch correction software at -3%). There is also some buzzing from harmonic or RF interference. Best AUD is the Menke.107166.
November 4, 2010
Thanks! My first show!
It's nice to have access to a soundboard quality recording of my first Dead concert ever. Just barely sixteen years old, my buddies and I had pacted months prior to do whatever it would take to be there. Wow! What a long strange trip for a first-timer. (Lots of tales here.) No matter what people tell you, you can't ever get your head around being at a Dead concert without plunging right in. There truly is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert. A couple of notables: I think this was the revival of China Cat/Rider, not having been played in a couple of years, correct? As noted by previous reviewer, very early Lost Sailor and Althea. (For a few months we labeled 'Lost Sailor' as 'Driftin' and Dreamin'. Sweet melodies for a new song, marking the new Brent-era. (Hope to meet you in the resurrection, man.) The rain, the rocks, the cool crowd, the not-too-cool cops and security, the Rockies, the depleted town of Morrison and its blessed clothes dryers. Oh, and the 2 fine ladies from Grinnell College in Iowa who pulled me from the ashes the night before the shows and led me to my tix on the bright sunny morning of this show. Thanks for the recording, excellent reproduction of melodies that still ring in my head down to this day. - Jester
September 27, 2009
The organ in this mix Shines! Right from the start, excellent recording
November 24, 2008
Glad they made a board of this one!
I was taping during the 1st set and got busted by an obviously ignorant Red Rocks security employee who confiscated my equipment. So what was I to do, other that go up to the front, being consoled by a nice "Fenario" and as usual hot "Lazy Lightin"? Not to mention the "Looks like Rain" for the impending weather that later manifested itself heavily during the 2nd set; the very new "Althea", a fun "Passenger" which was entering its best but last period of performances i.e. during the early Brent era; yet obviously bummed that I wasn't recording those tunes!
These all amounted to to what turned out to be, (since I didn't get around to, (yet I almost did), seeing them in 1973-4), one of the only 2 or 3 times I ever saw them play 13 tunes in the 1st set! I only saw them do 12 a couple of times as well.
However little did I know, until the break that shortly after I got busted, the security guy came back to my original location to return my gear so I could continue, since apparently some kind soul with the band's crew said "don't worry about it" and to give back the gear! Remember this is 5 years before recording was officially allowed! Well since I was not to be found, they left my gear with the nice folks around where I was, who kindly continued the rest of the 1st set and barely missed much!
But since the board tape came out I recorded over my master so I don't recall just how much exactly was missing, yet I believe they taped Fenario onward, and obviously I continued during the rainy 2nd set during which they played the then, (like "Althea"), very new "Lost Sailor". Only in Oakland, had those been played prior to this, I think?
Weir also did some nice slide work during "Not Fade Away". And the "Estimated Prophet" from this show was released as part of the "So Many Roads" collection Album! God bless the idiot who fell off the rocks on the stage right side, to his doom before the show even started! I didn't actually see him fall, but I can remember them trying to convince him to get down to no avail!